I've been searching the posts here and haven't found anyone with the same problem I'm having, so thought I'd create a new post. When setting up Windows 7, the DVD boots up correctly, the Windows 7 x64 setup starts and hangs with only the background image and mouse cursor on screen. I am able to move the mouse cursor, but clicking (left and right) anywhere on the screen does nothing. No other boxes ever come up. I've tried from multiple image downloads and re-burned the DVD a few times, same issue every time.
Before setup I did a fresh re-format of my HD, so no dual booting here. My system specs are:
Asus P5N-D motherboard, nForce 750i chipset, BIOS version 1101
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 (no overclocking)
2x Western Digital 750gb SATA2 HD's (RAID 0, 1 partition of 1.5tb)
8gb Corsair Viper DDR2-800 RAM
2x nVidia 8800GT 1gb video, SLI
2x DVD burner (16x and 18x)
I've also attempted setup from both DVD drives. This system was running Vista x64 perfectly before the format, everything worked 100%.
I also considered the possibility this may have something to do with heat, so to eliminate this possibility I grabbed a case with built in liquid cooling. This brought CPU temp down, but Windows 7 setup still has the same issue.
I also used the same DVD's to attempt to install Windows 7 on a different PC (Asus A8R-MVP motherboard using ATI Xpress 200 chipset) and setup tried to work, but couldn't find drivers
to recognize the SATA controller so no HD's were detected. At least it got further than this system did.